The Group Stage of MLS is Back has concluded, with the evening kickoffs averaging 221,957 viewers across all English-language networks. On ESPN’s networks, the Group Stage averaged 240,786 viewers, which is almost even with the 240,903 viewers that the league averaged on ESPN’s networks in 2019. The numbers were not as good on FOX’s networks, with their broadcasts down 14% from 223,294 viewers in 2019.

The Premier League on NBC averaged 820,645 viewers in 31 broadcasts over the 2019-2020 season. The league saw a slight drop in viewership following the COVID hiatus, averaging just 810,000 viewers in NBC’s final six broadcasts. The final round drew at least 1.6 million concurrent viewers on linear television across NBC, NBCSN, USA, Golf Channel, Telemundo, Universo and CNBC.

The NWSL Challenge Cup final drew a record 653,000 viewers on CBS, making it the most-watched NWSL match of all time, and just the second to draw more than 200,000 viewers. CBS’s only two soccer broadcasts in 2020 so far, the NWSL Challenge Cup opener and the NWSL Challenge Cup final, averaged 612,500 viewers, larger than MLS’s only match on FOX this summer that drew 587,000 viewers.

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Rank Date Competition Teams Network Total
1 7/16 Copa por Mexico Chivas / Club América Univision: 1400000 1,400,000
2 7/19 Copa por Mexico Cruz Azul / Chivas UniMás: 919000 919,000
3 7/26 Premier League Leicester City / Manchester United NBC: 750000 / Universo: 62000 812,000
4 7/19 Premier League Spurs / Leicester City NBCSN: 557000 / Telemundo: 127000 684,000
5 7/26 NWSL Challenge Cup Final Houston Dash / Chicago Red Stars CBS: 653000 653,000
6 7/22 Premier League Liverpool / Chelsea NBCSN: 550000 / Universo: 59000 609,000
7 7/25 Liga MX Chivas / León Telemundo: 586000 586,000
8 7/25 Liga MX Cruz Azul / Santos Laguna Univision: 584000 584,000
9 7/18 Premier League Norwich City / Burnley NBC: 580000 580,000
10 7/27 Liga MX Pachuca / Club América UniMás: 491000 491,000
11 7/26 Liga MX Pumas / Querétaro Univision: 401000 401,000
12 7/21 Premier League Aston Villa / Arsenal NBCSN: 375000 375,000
13 7/22 Premier League Manchester United / West Ham NBCSN: 355000 355,000
14 7/26 Premier League Chelsea / Wolves USA: 220000 / Telemundo: 127000 347,000
15 7/16 Premier League Crystal Palace / Manchester United NBCSN: 304000 304,000
16 7/18 MLS is Back Los Angeles FC / Los Angeles Galaxy ESPN: 296000 296,000
17 7/15 Copa por Mexico Cruz Azul / Tigres UniMás: 284000 284,000
18 7/27 MLS is Back Round of 16 Seattle Sounders / Los Angeles FC FS1: 284000 284,000
19 7/20 MLS is Back Philadelphia Union / Orlando City SC ESPN: 237000 / TUDN: 44000 281,000
20 7/21 Premier League Watford / Manchester City NBCSN: 261000 / Universo: 20000 281,000
21 7/26 Premier League West Ham / Aston Villa NBCSN: 280000 280,000
22 7/14 Premier League Chelsea / Norwich City NBCSN: 273000 273,000
23 7/18 MLS is Back Portland Timbers / Houston Dynamo ESPN: 266000 266,000
24 7/21 MLS is Back Atlanta United / Columbus Crew SC ESPN2: 205000 / TUDN: 40000 245,000
25 7/19 Premier League AFC Bournemouth / Southampton NBCSN: 235000 235,000
26 7/26 MLS is Back Round of 16 Toronto FC / New York City FC FS1: 169000 / TUDN: 63000 232,000
27 7/27 MLS is Back Round of 16 San Jose Earthquakes / Real Salt Lake FS1: 223000 223,000
28 7/20 Premier League Wolves / Crystal Palace NBCSN: 222000 222,000
29 7/20 Premier League Sheffield United / Everton NBCSN: 200000 200,000
30 7/22 MLS is Back FC Cincinnati / New York Red Bulls ESPN: 200000 200,000
31 7/17 Premier League West Ham / Watford NBCSN: 196000 196,000
32 7/18 Serie A Hellas Verona / Atalanta ESPN: 190000 190,000
33 7/25 MLS is Back Round of 16 Philadelphia Union / New England Revolution ESPN2: 190000 190,000
34 7/22 MLS is Back Colorado Rapids / Minnesota United ESPN: 186000 186,000
35 7/23 MLS is Back Los Angeles FC / Portland Timbers ESPN2: 185000 185,000
36 7/26 MLS is Back Round of 16 Sporting Kansas City / Vancouver Whitecaps FS1: 124000 / TUDN: 58000 182,000
37 7/16 Premier League Leicester City / Sheffield United NBCSN: 181000 181,000
38 7/25 MLS is Back Round of 16 Orlando City SC / Montreal Impact ESPN2: 181000 181,000
39 7/19 MLS is Back Chicago Fire / San Jose Earthquakes FS1: 130000 / TUDN: 50000 180,000
40 7/19 MLS is Back Seattle Sounders / Vancouver Whitecaps FS1: 164000 / TUDN: 15000 179,000
41 7/23 MLS is Back Los Angeles Galaxy / Houston Dynamo FS1: 96000 / TUDN: 81000 177,000
42 7/18 Serie A Cagliari / Sassuolo ESPN: 171000 171,000
43 7/17 MLS is Back Real Salt Lake / Minnesota United ESPN: 162000 162,000
44 7/21 MLS is Back Montreal Impact / DC United ESPN2: 132000 / TUDN: 26000 158,000
45 7/26 Premier League Arsenal / Watford Golf: 157000 157,000
46 7/16 MLS is Back Atlanta United / FC Cincinnati ESPN: 153000 153,000
47 7/16 MLS is Back New York Red Bulls / Columbus Crew SC FS1: 137000 / TUDN: 16000 153,000
48 7/17 MLS is Back DC United / New England Revolution ESPN: 152000 152,000
49 7/16 MLS is Back Toronto FC / Montreal Impact FS1: 150000 150,000
50 7/24 Liga MX Necaxa / Tigres TUDN: 149000 149,000
51 7/19 Serie A Fiorentina / Torino ESPN: 142000 142,000
52 7/21 MLS is Back Toronto FC / New England Revolution ESPN: 137000 137,000
53 7/23 MLS is Back Chicago Fire / Vancouver Whitecaps ESPN: 137000 137,000
54 7/14 MLS is Back Inter Miami / Chicago Fire ESPN: 128000 128,000
55 7/22 MLS is Back Real Salt Lake / Sporting Kansas City ESPN: 127000 127,000
56 7/27 Liga MX Mazatlán / Puebla TUDN: 115000 115,000
57 7/14 MLS is Back Orlando City SC / New York City FC TUDN: 111000 111,000
58 7/27 Liga MX Atlético San Luis / Juárez TUDN: 108000 108,000
59 7/20 MLS is Back Inter Miami / New York City FC ESPN: 102000 102,000
60 7/15 Serie A Sampdoria / Cagliari ESPN: 94000 94,000
61 7/23 Serie A Lazio / Cagliari ESPN: 88000 88,000
62 7/15 MLS is Back Vancouver Whitecaps / San Jose Earthquakes TUDN: 83000 83,000
63 7/15 Serie A Lecce / Fiorentina ESPN: 81000 81,000
64 7/14 MLS is Back Nashville SC / Philadelphia Union TUDN: 78000 78,000
65 7/21 Serie A Atalanta / Bologna ESPN: 76000 76,000
66 7/16 La Liga Barcelona / Osasuna beIN SPORTS: 74000 74,000
67 7/16 Serie A Torino / Genoa ESPN: 71000 71,000
68 7/25 Liga MX Tijuana / Atlas FOXD: 69000 69,000
69 7/15 MLS is Back Toronto FC / Montreal Impact TUDN: 53000 53,000

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